Swansboro High School Annex Gymnasium to be Named after ‘Servant of the Community’ | Regional


There is not much that Claude Crews has not done for the communities of Swansboro and surrounding areas.

And on Thursday night, December 2, 2021, inside the gymnasium at Swansboro High School during halftime of the Pirate-West Craven College Girls Basketball game, Crews was called to the end of the land by his longtime friend and pirates’ public talk. announcer Charles A. Rawls. Crews wasn’t sure he was about to be the center of attention, but soon realized something was up when his wife Mary and other close family members emerged from the stands and from the side entrance and surrounded the stunned but smiling Crews. The entourage grew with other friends and members of the Swansboro Century Club as well as local and county elected officials including Swansboro Mayor John Davis, Commissioners Larry Philpott, PJ Pugliese and County Commissioner of Onslow, Royce Bennett.

A raised metal wall plaque was presented to the crews proclaiming the “Claude E. Crews Annex Gymnasium… December 2, 2021”. The plaque will be affixed to an interior wall inside the college gymnasium at a later date, as will Crews’ name on the exterior facade of the college annex.

From his service as the park superintendent at Hammocks Beach and Cliffs of the Neuse State Parks to his work as the district coordinator for Onslow County Parks and Recreation for 16 years starting in July 2003, Crews worked tirelessly volunteering with the Swansboro Middle School Basketball.

During his tenure, Crews supervised hundreds of volunteers and touched the lives of countless young people.

Forty years ago, Crews and others, including the late Joseph Beasley and the late Earl Taylor, along with retired SHS athletic director Ronnie Ross formed the Swansboro Century Club. On December 1, 2021, the Swansboro Century Club was named Company of the Year 2021 by the Swansboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

Following the halftime ceremony, Crews spent a few moments off the pitch with SHS principal Dr Helen Gross and others, then returned to duty alongside Rawls and set the clock for the second half. of the girls’ match.


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